Your level is based on points earned for the actions you have completed, adjusted by the information you provided us with on your account settings page—like the size of your home. If you are visiting for the first time, take our quiz, which is a fun and fast way to determine your starting level of green.
As you reach higher levels, our badges start to factor in. There are different kinds of badges and several different ways to earn them (see How to Earn Badges below); the number of gold badges you earn in the four areas we group our actions into—energy, water, health, and stuff—affect your ability to move to the next level.
Your level is based on the quantity and relative impact of actions you have taken in four areas: energy, water, health, and stuff. Practically Green strongly encourages you to use other sites to calculate your actual carbon footprint as well as energy and water use. In fact, you can get points for doing this!
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Your total points score is based on all of your actions plus adjustments made for other factors. For example, we award or deduct energy points based on the square footage per person in a home.
Yes, you can mark yourself invisible. Go to account settings and uncheck the box next to Visible. Keep in mind that this will make it so no one can see you, not even your friends or colleagues.
Being on Practically Green with your friends is way more fun. You can see what actions they’re taking and whether they liked them, you can check out their ratings and reviews, and you can figure out who might be able to show you the ropes. You can even challenge your friends to take action. If you link your accounts, you are completely in control of what you share and don't share in terms of awards and actions. We don't put things on your wall without you knowing it.
You can earn badges based on actions you take, points you earn, or other criteria. Just click on a badge to see the criteria for earning it. Some badges can only be earned at specific times or for specific events. As a result, you may see a badge on someone’s profile, but you don’t have access to it.
Let us know by suggesting an action! We add new actions regularly and would be happy to consider including your ideas.
If you are a registered user of Practically Green, log on, find the action associated with the product you have in mind, and click Suggest a Product. This will generate an email asking us to consider your submission for inclusion. We then screen all suggested products to make sure they meet our standards. If we decide do not include your suggestion on the site, we will be in touch to let you know why. We’ll also let you know if your suggested product gets approved and goes live so you can add your “thumbs up” and comment.
If you are a company with a product you would like included, please email us at products at practicallygreen dot com. We do not accept payment to be included on the site and we reserve the right to determine whether a product meets our green guidelines for inclusion.
If you rent a house or an apartment, you can claim the points for anything your landlord has done to weatherize, save water, improve indoor air, and so on. And kudos to you for choosing an efficient and healthy place to live! If your landlord hasn’t made these changes, we provide lots of ammunition to show them the benefits of doing so.
Go to your Account Settings and update the zip code box or the square footage box. A change in home size will likely affect your score. It will improve if the square footage per person went down, and you’ll be docked points if it went up too much.
Go to your Account Settings and update the number of children in household number. And: congrats!
We know, and you know, that choosing not to consume something at all is the greenest choice. So we do give lots of points for high-impact consumption reductions like giving up a car or flying for leisure, eliminating mechanical cooling/heating, choosing pre-owned instead of new items, not smoking, eating less or no meat, and more.
However, if we added every single opt-out option, you’d be here for days. We debated at length whether it should count if you weren’t consuming something to start with or only if you gave it up as part of your green transformation. We decided on the following approach: If something is big enough to have a major impact at the individual level, we include an opt-out action. You can claim this action whether you gave it up years ago or just recently did as part of being on Practically Green. In other words, you get points for avoiding smoking all these years, but not for giving up hair spray.
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